Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
Cheshire Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”
Alice: “I don't much care where.”
Cheshire Cat: “Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.”
Lewis Carroll fans visiting London this spring will certainly not be facing the same dilemma Alice was contending with during her time in Wonderland – as they’ll know exactly where they want to go!
Indeed, in a fantastical celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, theatre company Les Enfants Terrible is staging a theatrical experience encompassing storytelling, live music, puppetry, circus and spectacle.
Attendees at the once-in-a-lifetime Alice’s Adventures Underground are invited down the rabbit hole to face Alice’s iconic choice: EAT ME or DRINK ME. The decision they make will affect the way their show unfolds.
The experience includes more than 20 individual rooms, a huge tea table that can seat around 60 guests, an original soundtrack and three bars, including a VIP bar for premium ticket holders.
Alice fans will also be subject to projections and potions, portraying the disorientating rabbit hole that kicks off Alice’s adventure, a hazy caterpillar lair, the murderous Red Queen, the smug Cheshire cat and – of course – plenty of tea.
Carroll’s protagonist may not have been successful in her bid for wine while attending the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – “we don’t have any and you’re too young”, he admonished her – but guests are encouraged to live it up in the ‘Queen’s Garden’ bar until the small hours. This bar will be located in the Wonderland world, boasting its own cast and installations, including flamingo croquet and a hedge maze.
In addition to the above, Alice’s Adventures Underground is to host The Wonderland Sessions, which will be put on by a series of companies and speakers. This will comprise a multi-art exploration of the work and performances – all inspired by Carroll’s original book. Works will range from readings and screenings to live music and choreography.
For those eager to jump down the rabbit hole, Alice’s Adventures Underground will be staged in the historic vaults located underneath Waterloo station from April 9th until May 31st.
Why not make a full weekend of it and book to stay at one of the top hotels in London?